Can Your iPhone Combined With 3D Printing Really Produce A More Pleasurable Insole?

We keep hearing about 3D printers and all the customized products just waiting to be newly hatched, but where are all these wonders of the digitized world? With some fanfare, then, a fresh company has arrived to reinvent the orthotic. Yes, the humble orthotic, worn by grim-mouthed uncles and hard-faced professional women, is about to receive a face-lift.

“Right now, orthotics aren’t sexy, but there’s no reason they shouldn’t be,” Kegan Schouwenburg, CEO of Sols, told New York Magazine. For those who rely on orthotics to relieve foot pain, sexy may be the least of their concerns.

Old World Orthotics
“People with foot problems are very often people with shoe problems,” Spencer B. Weisbond, C.Ped. told Medical Daily. “And very often people have surgeries to cure the problems caused by those shoes in order to continue wearing those shoes.” He has crafted custom orthotics in a New York shop for the past 22 years and pain is the sole driver of his business. The reasons people avail themselves of his services come down to a handful of foot problems:

  • plantar fasciitis (pain in your heel or the bottom of your foot)
  • posterior tibial tendonitis (pain on the inner side of the foot and ankle)
  • all manner of heel and arch pain
  • “big toe dysfunction, in layman’s terms”
  • metatarsalgia (pain at the ball of the foot)
  • achilles tendonitis (pain in the tendon at the back of the foot)
  • and interdigital neuromas (painful growth in the forefoot)

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